It is now official. As in canon.
Michael Keaton era Batman would have been active in the same era as Chris Reeve’s SUPERMAN!
The good points / logical merits in that:
- Creates a coherent ‘set’ of mini-verses within the new DC EU multiverse.
- Matches precisely the fates and tones of the new comics set in the Keaton/Reeve era, allowing for a match up at some point in print.
- Reeve is the definitive Superman.
- Makes sense, logically. If Bruce Wayne is building a symbol /outfit/persona? And he sees SUPERMAN’s suit/chest shield etc? He decides, based on that, to craft his own darker take on said imagery.
- Both versions had directors (Burton for Batman / Donner on Superman) who chose to design a world that was timeless. As in nominally ‘now’ but also peppered with old school anachronism merged with futuristic tech. VERISIMILITUDE!
- The two characters could convincingly have a clash of ethics, a brutal fight and yet also a reconciliation.
- Keaton and Reeve starred together once in the overlooked rom-com gem, SPEECHLESS.
- Keaton’s Batman can STILL face any other iteration of SUPERMAN as it is a multiverse. PAGING NICOLAS CAGE…